Rail Proposal Engineer

The Role

We are looking for a Proposal Engineer, specialising in the rail infrastructure sector to join our growing bid team. Reporting to the Bid Manager, you must understand the bid strategy as presented by your manager and create bid documentation reflective of this strategy.

The scope of this role includes producing a bid quotation to present to potential rail sector customers that is both commercially and technically compliant. As part of this you will create and populate a comprehensive cost model, based on the technical information provided by the customer and transposition of priced solution from internal model into customer’s pricing model. This submission must be presented in a well formatted and professional manner.

Your main responsibilities as a Proposal Engineer will include:

  • Manage and record all incoming enquiries with regards to rail and ensure that all bids are prepared in a professional and timely manner, in accordance with the customer’s requirements.
  • Co-ordinate all technical aspects of the estimation and bid creation process ensuring they are delivered on time and to specification.
  • Co-ordinate any inputs with engineering and ensure the technical content reflects the requirements of the customer.
  • Proactive communication and collaboration with the procurement team to engage with third party suppliers in a timely manner.
  • Creation of cost model templates tailored to reflect rail orientated customer requirements.
  • Ownership of internal costing model to ensure easy transposition into customer pricing model.
  • Complete Pre -Qualification Questionnaires where required.
  • Provide technical review and input of supplier’s responses.
  • Ensuring that the project bid strategy is met from a technical and commercial perspective.
  • Presentation to Bid review team of technical solution proposed and commercial decisions made.
  • Track and record the progress of proposals after they have been issued and respond to any technical and commercial clarifications.
  • Production of commercial handover pack given to projects.
  • Arrange post bid reviews to apply learning and continuous improvement philosophy.

About You

A successful candidate will have strong technical experience of working within the rail infrastructure sector and also have an understanding of how projects are both managed and delivered. This will include a working understanding of NEC Form of Contracts.

The role necessitates meticulous attention detail and the ability to interpret customers requirements from engineering drawings and design specification documents. Strong commercial awareness is an integral part of this job to enable the ability to build and support cost estimates associated with rail infrastructure. You will also have strong communication skills, both oral and written to enable the professional presentation of documents. Proficiency in using Microsoft Suite of applications is also deemed essential.

The ideal candidate for this post will thrive in a fast-paced environment and be able to work under pressure to meet challenging deadlines, as part of a team or autonomously as required.


To apply for this role, please send your CV and a covering letter to

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